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Police conduct investigated after brutal assault inquiry
AN INVESTIGATION into Hampshire police conduct in the months leading up to a brutal assault is complete.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission's report into the police's response prior to the attack on Andrew Toseland has now been handed to Hampshire Police.
The 49-year-old warehouseman suffered a severe head injury from the attack and was in a coma for two months.
He will now need care for the rest of his life following the assault outside his flat in Forton Road, Gosport on August 25 last year.
Last month, as previously reported Samuel Armstrong was jailed for more than five years after admitting playing the leading role in the assault.
The 19-year-old, from Gosport, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent on Mr Toseland and actual bodily harm on his brother Robert Toseland.
Brandon Fisher, 19, of Old Road, Gosport, admitted unlawful wounding on the basis that he had a subordinate role in the assault and was jailed for 27 months.
Portsmouth Crown Court has heard how he held back Mr Toseland's brother Robert as Armstrong launched the assault but did not assault anyone.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been investigating how Hampshire Constabulary handled reports of anti-social behaviour involving Garland Court in the months before the assault on Mr Toseland.
The investigation has also looked at enquiries conducted by officers and contact made with residents between May 20 and August 25 2012.
Investigators have also examined the management of anti-social behaviour and whether it was dealt with appropriately.
An IPCC spokesperson said: "The IPCC has finalised its investigation report and submitted it to Hampshire Constabulary for their consideration.
“We will provide further information as soon as we are able."
A Hampshire Police spokesman said: "We have received the IPCC's report on the policing of Garland Court. Hampshire Constabulary is considering its contents and will reply to the IPCC in due course."
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